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Methley avoid the rain and secure crucial win

Methley avoid the rain and secure crucial win

10 Aug 2019

Methley were the big winners on a day when rain left its mark on the All Rounder Bradford Premier League programme.

The Premier Division’s bottom team defeated Townville by 33 to keep alive their hopes of a dramatic late escape from relegation.

The win over their old Central Yorkshire League rivals means they are now 17 points adrift of second-bottom Lightcliffe and 28 points from safety.

With five games to go there is still plenty of work to be done, but the win should provide them with a welcome boost for the final run in.

The experienced Grant Soames played a huge role in the victory. He top scored with 60 as Methley made 199-8 when they batted first. Off pinner Harry Clewett (5-60) posed the main threat.

The Townville reply was dominated by their skipper Jack Hughes. He made 73 but lacked effective support as his side were dismissed for 166.

The only other one of the six top-flight games to see any action was at Bennett Lane where Hanging Heaton brought their losing streak to a halt with DLS win over Wrenthorpe.

Skipper Gary Fellows, above, blasted 62 against his former club and shared an opening stand of 93 with Nick Connolly (41no), who had only stepped off a plane from Australia hours earlier after attending a family funeral.

Ben Kohler-Cadmore struck three sixes as he scored 25 runs from the final over of the rain-hit Hanging Heaton innings to finish unbeaten on 33 from12 balls.

Hanging Heaton finished on 145-1 from 22 overs and Wrenthorpe found themselves facing an adjusted target of 189.

Opener James Glynn (52) top scored as Wrenthorpe made 149-7, left-arm spinner Callum Bethel taking 4-40. The results saw Hanging Heaton return to fourth place.

Championship One
Methley were the day’s big winners on a day when rain left its mark on the All Rounder Bradford Premier League programme.

The Premier Division’s bottom team defeated Townville by 33 to keep alive their hopes of a dramatic late escape from relegation.

The win over their old Central Yorkshire League rivals means they are now 17 points adrift of second-bottom Lightcliffe and 28 points from safety.

With five games to go there is still plenty of work to be done, but the win should provide them with a welcome boost for the final run in.

The experienced Grant Soames played a huge role in the victory. He top scored with 60 as Methley made 199-8 when they batted first. Off pinner Harry Clewett (5-60) posed the main threat.

The Townville reply was dominated by their skipper Jack Hughes. He made 73 but lacked effective support as his side were dismissed for 166.

The only other one of the six top-flight games to see any action was at Bennett Lane where Hanging Heaton brought their losing streak to a halt with DLS win over Wrenthorpe.

Skipper Gary Fellows blasted 62 against his former club and shared an opening stand of 93 with Nick Connolly (41no), who had only stepped off a plane from Australia hours earlier after attending a family funeral.

Ben Kohler-Cadmore struck three sixes as he scored 25 runs from the final over of the rain-hit Hanging Heaton innings to finish unbeaten on 33 from12 balls.

Hanging Heaton finished on 145-1 from 22 overs and Wrenthorpe found themselves facing an adjusted target of 189.

Opener James Glynn (52) top scored as Wrenthorpe made 149-7, left-arm spinner Callum Bethel taking 4-40. The results saw Hanging Heaton return to fourth place.

 Championship One

Play was only possible in three of the six scheduled fixtures and none of them had sufficient action to produce a positive result.

Leaders Batley looked as if they were on course for another win after Muhammad Shahnawaz (4-21) and Huzaifah Patel (3-24) had helped bowl out Baildon for just 86.

Batley were wobbling at 26-3 when play was finally called off but they did have the satisfaction of increasing their lead to 23 points with the eight they earned from the game.

Third-placed Morley reached 66-3 before the weather ended their clash with Wakefield St Michael’s while Ossett were 4-0 at Gomersal when rain had the final say.

Championship Two
Carlton’s record-breaking batsman Kershaski John Lewis produced another stunning innings, but it wasn’t quite enough to force victory for the leaders against bottom team Adwalton.

Lewis hit an unbeaten 104 from just 42 balls, hitting 11 sixes and seven fours, as his side made 165-2 in just 12 overs as they tried in vain to overhaul Adwalton’s 183-4.

Opener Josh Bennett (76no) and Vinit Patel (4) top scored for Adwalton, but the win did not come in to play in this match as Carlton received 20 less overs than their opponents.

Second-placed Birstall suffered a two-wicket defeat against East Ardsley in a match they was reduced in length by rain.

Birstall openers Josh Haynes (58) and Eric Austin (48) shared a first-wicket stand of 112 before their side declared after 22.3 overs with 125-1 on the board.

The declaration meant East Ardsley were left with 25 overs to knock off the runs and they edged home thanks to Ashley Battye (39) as Haynes (4-36) and James Russell (3-60) tried their hardest to force victory for Birstall.

All-rounder Umar Abbas produced a stunning performance to guide Hopton Mills to a seven-wicket win over Spen Victoria.

Abbas, who had taken 4-22 as Spen Victoria made 183-7 in 47 overs, hit an unbeaten 113 from just 48 balls as he powered his side to victory in just 15.5 overs.

Abbas, who hit 10 sixes and nine fours, overshadowed the efforts of Spen Victoria skipper Bilal Ejaz, who made an unbeaten 106 earlier. Ejaz was supported by Abid Awain (40).

In the only other game to see any action, Liversedge reached 7-0 before rain curtailed their clash with Hunslet Nelson.

Conference

The top two both recorded wins in the battle to become champions and claim the one promotion spot.

Leaders Sandal beat Crossbank Methodists by five wickets while Great Preston defeated Heckmondwike & Carlinghow by eight wickets.

The bowlers held the key to their respective wins. Ryan Bishop-Perrett took 5-19 for Sandal as they dismissed Crossbank for 87 before knocking off the runs in 11.2 overs. Matthew Westwood led the way with 37.

Tyson Freeman (4-46) and Callum Jordan (4-21) helped Great Preston dismissed Heckmondwike & Carlinghow for 90. Kieren Thurston made 38 in the successful reply.

Gildersome & Farnley Hill were left feeling under the weather again as their match with Rodley was restricted to just 6.5 overs of play. Rodley were 21-0 when play was abandoned.

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